Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Thanks to sophisticated artificial intelligence, Google Home can distinguish between multiple voices.

One of the most common complaints about Google Home is that it lacks real support for multiple users. This upgrade means multiple users in the United States can train their Home hubs to recognize different voices of up to six people. For an assistant such as Siri, which lives on devices used by just one person, multi-account support isn't as important.

To connect an account in Google Home, there will be a card - likely the card we saw pop-up briefly last week - and then select "Link your account". That way, your roommate doesn't get your upcoming calendar appointments when he asks about his agenda, and you don't get his Creed albums when you tell Google Home to play music. If you've ever said to the speaker "OK Google, good morning", you know it will tell you the time, weather, schedule, and news.

To learn your voice, Google Home will ask you to speak the key phrases that "wake up" the device.

Confusing different voices isn't that big of a deal because Google is still pretty skittish about actually doing things to your Google account through the device. Each user can also set up preferences with the app for features like commute and music. With that said, we're just getting started and we won't be flawless.

So when you say the trigger phrases "OK Google" or "Hey Google", the Home will listen for who is asking and provide answers based on your voice.

That meant, if you wanted to ask Google Home what your next appointment was, or whether there was congestion on the commute in to work, the Google Assistant could only base its answers on the one account now signed in. Each person can download the Google Home app and complete the set up process from their own device.

When you open the app, look for a card that says "multi-user is available". But if you didn't set up Google Home with your Google account (maybe it's set up under your son's account), then you won't hear results that are meant for you. If you're unboxing a brand-new Google Home, though, you'll have to follow a few setup steps.